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AT&T Ohio Completes 560 Upgrades in 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — AT&T reports the expansion and enhancement of its wireless network in northern Ohio consisted of more than 560 upgrades in 2014, including new installations in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Over the last six years, AT&T has invested nearly $140 billion including investments in its wireless and wireline networks and acquisitions of wireless spectrum and operations, the company said.

Last year’s upgrades include activation of new cell sites, adding capacity and upgrading cell sites to provide fast 4G LTE mobile Internet speeds.

More than 360 cell sites in northern Ohio were upgraded to provide fast 4G LTE speeds, more than 120 new cell sites were activated and in more than 70 instances cell sites in northern Ohio received added layers of frequency, also known as “carriers,” to provide extra wireless capacity to a cell site’s coverage area.

In total across Ohio last year, AT&T made more than 830 upgrades to its wireless network, the company said. The 2014 enhancements are part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP, or VIP, a three-year investment plan announced in fall 2012 to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks.

As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to add macro cell sites nationwide by year-end 2015, as well as deploy small cells and add distributed antenna systems to increase the density of its wireless network.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.